St. Apollinaris Parish

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 Sister Peggy Celebration in her Honor was held  on Sunday June 25th followed by Lunch in the Hall  - It was a wonderful event for a beloved person in our parish.  Pictures can be seen here.  Fr Donohue gave a moving tribute to Sister Peggy, then Sister  gave a heartfelt thanks to the Parish Community, and Fr Donohue capped the service announcing that an anonomous donor had given a $50,000 donation in Sister's honor dedicated to the work of her life,  the Religious Education program at St A's.  Sister Peggy will be returning to Ireland on July 15th.  Below is a nice picture of Sister Peggy and Laura, her hand-picked and capable replacement as leader of the Religious Ed program.  God Speed Sister Peggy!  We will miss you!  You have been the heartbeat of our parish for 35 years.

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Sister Peggy

Sister Peggy began her journey home to Ireland on Saturday  July 15th   Her New Address: 

Sister Peggy Cruise
Sisters of Mercy
Dun Mhuire
Lyster Street
Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland 

On Sunday June 25th we came
 together to celebrate and say farewell to a special person in our parish community, our own Sr. Peggy. She has been at St. A’s for about 35 years. She has prepared more than one generation of our children to receive their Sac- raments of Initiation— Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. For years, Sr. Peggy headed up our parish Confirmation program. More recently, she has helped with our RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initia- tion of Adults) Over the years, Sister has shared many special occasions with us like weddings, anniversaries, birth of a child, baptisms and graduations. Sister was also there during difficult times, a death in the family, illness, and struggles in life. Just as Sister Peggy was incapable of ever forgetting a student or a name, we will never forget the many things she has done for our parish families. We will never fully know how much she did at St. A’s because she was always keeping busy doing what she loved to do best; serve with love and mercy. It is now time for us to say goodbye and let her enjoy her well deserved retirement in Ireland. May the Lord bless her always for her kindness. 


We are sad to announce that Fr. William, our Pastor has been appointed to a new parish. As of August 1st, he will be assigned to St. Vincent de Paul Parish and School in Petaluma. We were blessed to have had him as our spiritual leader at St. A’s for almost 6 years. He will be missed but we know that he is not going very far. Please keep Fr. Donahue in your prayers as he transitions to his new parish.

Father Bill and Sister Peggy

We also would like to announce that our new Pastor, Fr. Balaswamy Govindu (Fr. Bala), will be arriving on Augustt 1st. He is coming from St. Mary’s Church in Arcata. More information to follow. 

Theology by the Barrel Series on the Holy Spirit continuing  Saturday July 22nd at 5:30 pm 

Continuing on Saturday, July 22nd at 5:30 pm will be the  new series called The Wild Goose, which is an ancient Celtic name for the Holy Spirit. It's inspiring; come and see. Join us after Mass in the Gym Conference Room.



SAVE THE DATE FOR JUNE 25th: For a Special Parish Celebration in honor of Sr. Peggy Cruise as she will be moving to Ireland in July. More info to come.

The theme for this year's VBS is Maker Fun Factory where we will learn that we were created by God and built for a purpose. It will take place from June 19-23rd from 9-Noon each day. Those entering K-6 grade are participants. Those entering 7th and up are considered volunteers. It is $35 per participant and $60 per family. We are looking for middle school, high school, and adult helpers with the various roles. We will also be putting together a team to build the sets starting in May. If anyone is interested in helping in any way, please contact Dominic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 707-501-7031.  Please pre-pay here: 

Hospitality Sunday - 1st Sunday of every month after the 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 10:30 am Masses in Parish Hall

Men's Book Club - every Saturday Morning 7:30 am at Gym Conference Room

Theology by the Barrell - every Saturday 5:30 pm at Gym Conference Room

Chanting the Divine Office - the Friday preceding the 1st Saturday of each month in the Church

Eucharistic Adoration - 1st Saturday of every month - sign up sheet in front of the church. From 7:00 am - 8:00 am on the 1st  Saturday  we will conclude adoration by chanting morning prayer (the Divine Office) followed by Benediction. Please contact Beth Marcus at 331-2363 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your time, or for any questions.

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On Saturday, August 19th, the Diocese of Santa Rosa will present a day of prayer and fellowship for all adults in the Diocese. The event will be held at Cardinal Newman High School, 50 Ursuline Rd., Santa Rosa. The theme is “The ‘Yes’ That Changed the World”. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with Holy Mass by Bishop Robert F. Vasa. Differ- ent workshops and speakers will be presented at Cen- ters, throughout the day. This day is designed to bring spiritual nourishment to all Adults in the Diocese. Early Bird Registration is $20 deadline 7/15/17. After 7/15/17 the cost is $30.00. For more information or to register, please contact Carmen Aanenson at the Diocesan Dept. of Rel. Ed. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 566- 3366. 

Come join us. Develop friendships, enjoy singing and fellowship, hear how other Catholics are living their life of holiness and pray as a group before the Blessed Sacrament. Fellowship gatherings of Catholics are held generally twice a month. Catholic Cursillo is a movement within the Catholic Church based on friendship. Join us on: Wed., July 5th 6-8 pm St. Eugene’s, Santa Rosa Sat., July 15th 2-4 pm St. Elizabeth Seton, Rohnert Park The next Catholic Cursillo women’s weekend is scheduled for July 20-23 at the Angela Center. For info. call Debbie Simonson at 904-463-1070 or Priscilla Silvey at 567-7957 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website is:

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASS - JULY 22nd  - Married and engaged couples are invited to the Natural Family Planning Class (English) in Santa Rosa on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. For more information, please visit the Couple to Couple League or call 542-3635

Graduation Maris Stella Institute - You are cordially invited to the Maris Stella Institute's 2017 Commencement Exercises with Bishop Robert Vasa on Saturday Aug 12 at St Thomas Aquinas Parish.  The Mass will begin at 9 am followed by the 8th Commencement Exercises at 10 am and a light reception at 11 am. For info call 704-9025

Fundraiser for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa - Sunday July 30th 3:00 pm
 at The Smith Family Ranch, 5390 Washington Street in Napa - please make reservation before 7/20/17.  Please call Carole Duncan at 944-9540 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Reservations &/or Raffle tickets; cost $50 per person - $90 per family


The next Catholic Cursillo Women’s Weekend is scheduled for July 20-23 at the Angela Center. For information call Debbie Simonson at 904-463-1070 or Priscilla Silvey at 707-567-7957/email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our website is: 




San Damiano Retreat House in Danville - List of Spring 2017 Retreats

Jesuit Retreat Center Los Altos Hills -  Wonderful Place.  2017 Retreat Schedule



Carmellite Day of Recollection First Saturday of Each Month at Carmellite Monastery in Oakville

     Spiritual Talk 9:00 am - 10:00 am
     Confessions 10:00 am - 11:00 am
     Mass   11:00 am

Theology by the Barrell every Saturday at 5:30 pm  at St Apollinaris Gym Conference Room -  View educational video programs with discussions accompanied by refreshments

Men's Book Club at 7:30 am every Saturday morning at St Apollinaris Gym Conference Room

Men's Holy Hour - 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church - We pray for the needs of our families, friends, parish and your special intentions. We pray the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and other prayers and hymns. 

Faith & Formation Speakers' Series 3rd Saturday of most months 9:30 am - St Apollinaris Parish Hall

What We'd Like You To Know


 Parish Progress Statement July 2017

To Become a Catholic -  RCIA -  The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process by which we prepare non-Catholics who are interested in beconing members of the Roman Catholic Church, and Catholics who wish to complete their initiation sacraments (First Communion & Confirmation).  For informatiion please call the Parish Office at 707-257-2555.

Religious Education Program

We have just finished classes for this past year. Planning is already underway for class scheduling for 2017-2018. We offer a variety of programs: Pre-School and Elementary School, Sunday Liturgy of the Word, Sunday Nursery for our very young, in addition to classes for our 1st through 5th grade. At this time we are looking for volunteers for our Wednesday evening (7:00 p.m.) and Tuesday or Wednesday after school classes (3:30 p.m.). We are looking for full time Catechists, aides, and those who might be interested in sharing a class in a job share. We are also looking for those who would be interested in helping with our Sunday program during the 9:00 am and 10:30 am Masses. Join a wonderful group of volunteers who enjoy helping children grow in their faith. Please prayerfully consider joining this ministry. For more information, please call Laura Schafle 255-7200 

EMC's - Extradordinary Ministers of Communion

Please consider helping your parish out as an EMC. We need at least 34 people to serve each weekend and you would only be scheduled once a month. You come to Mass regularly anyway, so please think about it. The requirements are that you are a St A’s parishioner and are a confirmed Catholic in good stand- ing. Thank you so much! Call Sara at 226-7712 if you are interested or have questions.

Missionary Appeal - weekend of July 22 - July 23 at all Masses.  

The Diocese of Santa Rosa collaborates with mission groups every year to raise funds for their missions through a program called the Missionary Cooperative Plan. The group assigned to our parish this year is the Missionary Society of St. Paul. FATHER SAMUEL IGBAFE, MSP will be speaking to us about the mission in Malawi which provides rehabilitation and support for orphans who have lost their parents due to Aids. They also need funds to provide portable water and education in rural communities and to sponsor seminarians as their future priests.  Your support for this worthy cause will be an immense encouragement to the Missionary Society of St Paul to continue their work.

July 23rd - 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year A - "Faith and Patience"
5 minute Video on the Mass Readings for next Sunday


Check Out the New Magazine Rack -  A brand-new magazine and newspaper rack is now located at the main door entrance as you come in. You will find The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Magnificat, Word Among Us, Catholic Digest, Saint Anthony's Messenger, Inside the Vatican and lots more. All materials are available for purchase. Please put money in payment envelope and place it in the payment drop box.

The Sharing Library - Back in September -  The Sharing Library is not taking any new book donations at this time.  We will take back returning books.  Thank you for your past donations; we have over 900 books as of now.  The next Sharing Library will be in September.  We will accept Holy Medals and Rosary Beads.  We pass them out when we do the Street Evangelization.  Thank you.  Any questions call 707-501-8059.



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Faith & Culture 3rd Saturday Speakers Series 9:30 am

July 15  9:30 am  Steve Barr  - "Science and Religion - the Myth of Conflict"

August 19 Paul Rogers
September 16 Mike Aquilina
October 21 Dianne Muller
November 18 Margaret Turek



Learn more about our school here:

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Walk for Life West Coast Saturday January 21, 2017 Take Bus to San Francisco

40 Days for Life - Napa

Life Chain Napa October 2017

Napa Valley Culture of Life (Umbrella Respect Life Organization in Napa)

Birthright - a great Napa Community Pregnancy Resource

Alpha Pregnancy Clinic

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In the words of Pope Francis, “even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect”.

Youth Ministry

"You are our hope, the young are our hope. Do not let that hope die! Stake you lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son."

-Pope St. John Paul II

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St. Apollinaris Mission

St. Apollinaris is a welcoming Catholic Christian Community united by faith in God, nourished by Jesus through both the Word and the Eucharist and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We invite you to join us in meeting the spiritual, educational, and physical needs of our growing parish family and community through prayer, faith formation, evangelization, stewardship, hospitality, and social justice.

Religious Education

”Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them…” Matthew 19:14

As your child ages, his/her understanding of our faith will grow and mature with continued faith formation. Our Catholic faith has so much to offer that, with yearly education in their faith, your child will grow in their love and understanding of our loving God with each year. St. Apollinaris has much to offer our children.

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Women's Guild

The purpose of the St. Apollinaris Women’s Guild is threefold: Spiritual, Social, and Service. We sponsor a Day of Reflection for members; Bible Study is ongoing; there are 2 dinner meetings, a Mass and Brunch; and we have day trips planned for our members. We do Service by helping with events at St. A’s.

An event is planned each month (Oct – May).

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Family Life

A monthly gathering of married and engaged couples with the goal of assisting them to become the "true" domestic church. This is done by providing tools and information to help them live out God's Plan for the Sacrament of Marriage and to create a vibrant and positive community of married couples. Activities include speakers, dinners, movie nights, game nights, informative video presentations on Catholic teaching about living God's Plan for marriage, family nights, and couple time.